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Dealing with the Stress of Family Caregiving

These steps can help reduce stress when caring for your loved one at home, especially with a loved one experiencing dementia or Alzheimer's.

1.  BREATHE -  Deep breathing is cleansing for the brain.

2.  ACCEPT - Your family member is experiencing loss of many kinds - loss of memory ability and loss of comprehension.

3.  PLAN - You must have an agenda.  If your loved one doesn't understand why you are doing something, they may be experiencing memory loss.

4.  PERSPECTIVE - Caregivers need to see things from their loved one's perspective.  The changes your loved one is going through are frustrating and confusing

5.  PARTNER - Look at your loved one as your partner in their care

6.  VISUALS - Breakdowns in communication due to dementia or alzheimer's can be remedied with using visuals to show what you are saying

7. RESPITE - If you get to the point where you do not like your loved one, it's time to take some respite.

Sarah Engelhardt
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